Machu Picchu: How to Plan a Perfect Trip to the Lost City of the Incas

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Take the guesswork out of visiting Machu Picchu. Start with these essential tips for planning the trip of a lifetime to the Lost City of the Incas.


The Many Ways to See Machu Picchu

Visiting Machu Picchu and all its ancient structures is only half the fun. Getting there is an adventure in its own right. For long-distance trekkers, the strenuous four-day Inca Trail route offers a taste of real adventure. For those with less time or stamina (but no less of an appetite for adventure), the abbreviated two-day hike is a good option. Single-day visitors can purchase admission on their own or as part of an organized group tour and take a bus to the site. I'll detail each of these options in this article.

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